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Partnerships & Research Contracts

The aim of the research conducted at the School is also to be applicable or applied in areas of major interest for our students in terms of skills and the activity for our tutelary Ministry, MEDDTL.

From scientific collaboration to research contracts

Research is usually conducted through different forms of partnership: single scientific collaborations between scientific teams from different institutions, partnership based research contracts with public and private institutions, at national, European or international level, framework agreements or teaching and research chairs. A small minority of the School’s researchers also perform an evaluative role, for both public and private sectors.

Institutional partners and networks

Research at the School falls within different networks and institutional partnerships. Its laboratories are closely linked with:

  • laboratories attached to members of the PRES (research and higher education clusters), of which the School is a founding member: PRES Université Paris-Est and PRES ParisTech
  • public research bodies or structures, in particular EPST and EPIC ;
  • public establishments belonging to MEDDTL’s Scientific and Technical Network ;
  • private sector teams or laboratories with which they have signed research contracts (EDF, SNCF, LAFARGE, RATP, EADS, SCHLUMBERGER, etc.);

The presence of the Carnot VITRES Institute (consortium for innovation in the City, Transport Infrastructures, Networks, the environment and Services) has enabled the laboratories to bring their research expertise to companies and public bodies and for the School to make progress in its development of professional partnership practices. Following the termination of the Carnot2 Institute’s VITEA project, involving IC VITRES, IC INRETS and ENTPE in April 2011, discussions are in progress on what form work on enhancing the professionalism of our development activities should take.

Research contracts

Research at the School is thus based on a strong partnership foundation. These partnerships take the form of single research contracts, framework contracts or teaching and research chairs. All this activity associated with the laboratories’ scientific production constitutes an unquestionable pool of quality for the development of the School, both in the training of engineers and researchers and for the support it provides to its professional sectors. In 2010, it generated resources of around €5.2 million. The simplest research contracts are bilateral, linking one of the School’s laboratories and an “industrial” partner in a collaboration, to produce leading-edge scientific research that also brings the partner company benefits in innovation and competitiveness. A framework contract is an instrument used to facilitate the negotiation of such single contracts, when a scientific collaboration will clearly take different parallel or consecutive forms (for more information).


Finally, a Teaching and Research Chair is the most ambitious form of collaboration. It is likely to include elements of teaching (engineer training, Masters degrees, PhD teaching, facilitating contacts for recruitment) and of research (PhD, equipment funding, support in recruiting researchers), and naturally tends to build a lasting partnership. For more information on research Chairs...